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ColaTiger
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Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge

Basically, a theater pretty much like the Prytania:

-one theater
-show one or two wide release movies
-midnight movies
-director retrospectives e.g. Having a "Hitchcock month"
-film festival specials e.g. showing previous Cannes winners during the week of the Cannes film festival

Who else would love this idea? For me personally, it is one of the major things missing from the campus area. I don't know exactly how big the market would be for it but I wish someone would step up. I would try but I have no money, though, maybe some day in the future. Or, it could be how the Nickelodeon is in South Carolina where it is partially funded by the Arts Council and then memberships/donations filled in the gaps, more or less.


Brosef Stalin
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
Would quickly fail in BR. I would go there though.


LouisianaLonghorn
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
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Who else would love this idea? For me personally, it is one of the major things missing from the campus area.


That would be really cool. I still can't believe someone in BR hasn't has the idea to either open an art house cinema or something similar to the Alamo Drafthouse like we have in Austin.


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kingbob
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
It would last for a few months (maybe longer depending on the price point), but it would be unsustainable due to a lack of market. There's just not enough of an audience in BR to make money doing it all year round. A great location close to campus on the South side with good parking and convenient access (i.e. minimal traffic congestion) could change that.


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ColaTiger
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You say that but there is a university with ~30,000 students and professors/intellectuals. Surely there is a market there. Heck, the art house theater in downtown Columbia, SC has been there since 1979.


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Salmon
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
if one can survive in Shreveport (Robinson Film Center), one should easily be able to survive in Baton Rouge


Baloo
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
Remember, even Criterion has to release the occasional Michael Bay film. I live in Dallas, which has some great art house theaters, and they still showed Twilight just to make money.


ColaTiger
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
Which is why it would have to show some wide releases like the Prytania does. I would be all for having a Twilight marathon as long as I can show El Topo at midnight.
This post was edited on 9/12 at 9:47 am


Brosef Stalin
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The LSU union theater used to show artsy stuff. I saw some new releases there too. I don't know where to find their schedule or even if its still open.


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Salmon
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I'm honestly surprised BR does not have something like this already. Just don't make too arthouse, show some small release quirky indie films, and allow alcohol in the theatre. I think it would thrive.


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teke184
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
They used to have one, which was the former UA Essen 6 theater when it got sold in the late 90s.

It obviously didn't survive long.


PezzMonkey8
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
The Manship Theatre downtown in the Shaw Center shows some cool indie movies every now and again, as well as some classics. I saw 'Sleepwalk With Me' 'Do-Deca Pentathalon' and 'The Goonies' there on the big screen. Themed booze and snacks served before and during showtime.

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NekoosaTiger
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
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Who else would love this idea?
I would but I seriously doubt BR could support it enough for it to be profitable.


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NekoosaTiger
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f one can survive in Shreveport (Robinson Film Center),
That is funded thru city money is it not?


Uncle Stu
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you make it BYOB, and you may be onto something


Salmon
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That is funded thru city money is it not?


I don't think so. They survive off people buying memberships, I believe.


PurpleandGold Motown
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Make sure to sell booze. Most indy film places that make it sell booze.


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Tiger1242
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
They have one like that in Dallas right next to my house called the Inwood Theatre. It's really cool


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H-Town Tiger
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re: Opening up an independent art house theater in Baton Rouge
Do they still have the theater in the student union at LSU, the Colonade or something like that? They used to show art house stuff and classics back in the day.
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ColaTiger
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you make it BYOB, and you may be onto something


I would do BYOB during midnight movies. Also, I would sell beer/wine at the concession. If pot were legal, I'd sell that at the concessions, too.


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